Thursday, September 17, 2009

Take a Roll in the Hay: New Trends in Sustainable Tourism

Remember the old (and not always clean) jokes about the traveler who must sleep in the barn? Well it's no joke any more! In Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, every traveler is invited to take a roll in the hay as hay hotels (or "heuhotels") are growing in popularity. As the name suggests, hay hotels allow you to sleep in the hay in the barn.

Like all lodging, hay hotels can range from luxury accomodations to bare essentials with fewer amenities than a hostel. You can even choose to sleep among the barn animals

Without the need for new construction, heavy laundry bills or other forms of high energy consumption, hay hotels are also an effective means of low-impact, sustainable tourism. 

And the best part?  No beds to make!  In the morning, you simply fluff the hay with a pitchfork.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

"The Age of Stupid" Movie Global Premier on Sept. 21

The docu-drama, The Age of Stupid, is coming to a theater near you. The Age of Stupid is about "a man living alone in the devastated future world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?"

The movie will be broadcast live to over 700 locations in 40 countries from a solar-powered cinema tent in New York City on Monday, September 21.  Visit the movie website to find a location near you.

The Age of Stupid USA Trailer from Age of Stupid on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Lil Peppi: 10-Year Old Eco-Rapper

Cardell Hopkins, aka "Lil Peppi," has been rapping since he was 3 years old. While his lyrics have always been positive, Lil Peppi has taken an environmental turn and has become an eco-rapper. Now at the mature age of 10, he has performed nationally, has made a video for Whole Foods, and has won a Sierra Club award.

When you visit his website, what messages will you see? "Skool is kool" and "Save the Earth," of course!

Lil Peppi - Environmental Rapper Interview from Captain Planet FDN on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

What Happens to Your Recycled E-Waste?

When you upgrade your cell phone, computer, printer, iPod, mp3 player, calculator, or other electronics, what do you do with the old one? Like any responsible person, you recycle it.

So what happens to all that e-waste from responsible e-cyclers? In case you missed it, 60 Minutes just aired an expose on the electronics recycling industry. It has been estimated that as much as 75% of used electronics received in developing nations for the purpose of recycling actually ends up as hazardous e-waste. Watch this 13-minute video documenting one example in Hong Kong.

To ensure your e-waste is recycled responsibly, look for a recycler that has met e-Stewards certification.

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